Course code Folk1013
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 32 32 96
E-courses Folk1013: Latvian Folklore
Course annotation The course is an introductory course covering the basic problems of Latvian folklore and its research.. An overview of various definitions of folklore is given, the development of general folklore studies and history of Latvian folklore studies is outlined, particular attention is paid to research methods. The context of the classical folklore is described, and the most important verbal and non-verbal forms of folklore are presented, with a particular emphasis on their classification, formal characteristics and contents. The relation of folklore to calendar and life-cycle traditions, to magic and religion is discussed. Correlation between Latvian folklore and that of other peoples is shown. Finally, an insight into modern Latvian folklore, its contexts and formal variety is given.
Results Students have mastered the important terms of folklore study, their definitions and usage. They have been provided with an overview of general history of folklore studies including the history of Latvian folklore studies, have gained understanding of research methods and got acquainted with the main publications of folklore materials. Students are able to identify and characterize various kinds of Latvian folklore, as regards their form, contents, functionality, connection with calendar and life-cycle traditions. Students are able to state the difference between classical and modern folklore, characterize their common and different features, functional contexts.
Course plan 1.Subject matter, goals and structure of the course.L2 S2
2.History, directions and methods of study of general and Latvian folkloristics. L2 S2
3.Contexts of classical folklore and its relation to different spheres of human life. L4 S4
4.Narratives, their characteristics, classification.L4 S4
5.Folklore of small forms, its characteristics, classification.L2 S2
6.Songlore. L4 S4
7.Vocal and instrumental forms of music folklore.L2 S2
8.Choreographic folklore. L2 S2
9.Folklore of visual forms. L2 S2
10.Folklore and magic. L2 S2
11.Folklore and religion.L2 S2
12.Relationship between Latvian folklore and other peoples' traditions. L2
13.Latvian modern folklore. S4
14.Folklore in the context of modern culture. Folklorism. L2
Requirements for obtaining credit points A test on the literature studied (10%), active performance at seminars (30%), a research paper (9-10 pages) on a topic related to the author's specific interests and demonstrating his/her understanding of folklore, ability to work with sources and theoretical concepts, (20%), written examination (40%).
Study programmes Baltic Philology